Call for Late-Breaking Abstracts

Decisions will be sent to submitters by February 29, 2016.

CADTH is now accepting late-breaking abstracts for the 2016 CADTH Symposium.

Late-Breaking Abstract Eligibility

A late-breaking abstract must meet one of the following two criteria:

  • It must report on recently generated findings on important clinical, methodological, or policy topics for which no preliminary data were available on Oct. 30, 2015 (when the original Call for Abstracts closed); or
  • It must address a topic that has increased in profile or significance since Oct. 30, 2015, as a result of political, financial, or policy factors.

Abstracts previously submitted as part of the original Call for Abstracts will not be considered.


The 2016 CADTH Symposium Program Committee invites submissions of abstracts for workshops, panels, and breakfast sessions, as well as oral and poster presentations, related to the theme of Evidence for Everyone: Expanding the Reach of Health Technology Assessmentor that are of significant interest to producers and users of evidence-based information and advice on health technologies.

The 2016 CADTH Symposium will present success stories and innovative approaches from across the country dealing with health system sustainability and improved health outcomes, and will explore ways to maximize our investment in health care.

Who should submit an abstract?

Presentations from all interested parties are welcome. These include:

  • federal, provincial, and territorial health care policy-makers, economists, and regulators
  • health care executives and managers from health regions, alliances, hospitals, and long-term care facilities
  • researchers (from non-profit organizations, universities, regional health authorities, hospitals, and other settings)
  • health economists
  • knowledge transfer and exchange professionals
  • clinicians
  • representatives from the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, and consultants
  • health care associations and patient groups
  • professional associations
  • graduate and undergraduate students studying in a health or health technology assessment-related field


The objectives of the 2016 CADTH Symposium are to:

  • provide a forum for productive discussion between parties committed to the use of evidence-based information and advice to inform policy, influence practice, and improve health
  • increase the understanding of the challenges facing policy-makers and other health care leaders
  • identify issues that limit the use or effectiveness of evidence-based advice and jointly work toward solutions
  • provide education and training that will build the capacity to produce and use evidence-based information on drugs and other health technologies.

Preference will be given to abstracts that:

  • support the Symposium theme
  • have high relevance to health policy-makers, health care providers, and other decision-makers
  • provide real-life examples of evidence-based initiatives that contribute to health system sustainability and improved health outcomes
  • outline approaches to supporting policy and operational decisions that increase the impact of evidence-based information, analysis, and advice.

Note: Some invited sessions and presentations may also be incorporated into the program.

Presentation formats:

  • workshop should be an interactive session for up to 75 delegates and on a specific topic of interest to producers or users of evidence-based information. Workshops can be a full-day (six hours) or half-day (three hours) session.
  • A panel session should bring together experts on a topic for an interactive discussion moderated by a Chair. Panel discussions will be 90 minutes long. A panel should consist of a minimum of three experts and a maximum of four panellists, plus the moderator. In the abstracts, indication must be made as to whether each of the panellists are confirmed or proposed.
  • A breakfast session can comprise a panel or an individual presentation. Breakfast sessions will be 45 minutes long. Question-and-answer periods should be incorporated.
  • An oral presentation will be 20 to 25 minutes long, including time for questions. Oral presentations will be grouped thematically (usually three or four presentations). The length will be determined based on the number of oral presentations during each concurrent session.
  • A poster presentation can be a suitable way to present late-breaking results or significant work in progress. Poster presenters will have an opportunity to exchange ideas one-on-one with delegates and to discuss their work in detail.

Please note that presenters and panellists are responsible for all Symposium-related expenses, such as registration, accommodation, and travel.


Abstracts are accepted in either English or French. Simultaneous translation will be provided at plenary sessions and certain concurrent sessions, at the discretion of the Program Committee.

Submission Instructions

Submissions must include:

  • Title — one that clearly identifies your presentation
  • Submission contact — name, title, organization, contact information
  • Presenters — names, titles, organizations, contact information, confirmed or proposed
  • Authors — names, titles, organizations, contact information.


Abstracts can be submitted in English or French but must be written in the language of your presentation. The abstract must include the presentation’s purpose and intended audience, and a brief description of the presentation. The abstract must be 250 words or less. Please attach a brief (50 words maximum) narrative biography and picture (JPEG format (minimum of 200KB) of each presenter.

Poster Competition

CADTH’s Poster Awards consist of Best Overall Poster and Best Student Poster. To enter the competition, presenters must submit an abstract through the Call for Abstracts.

When registering, students will be required to provide confirmation of their full-time university or college attendance by including a written statement from the university or college. To be entered in the Poster Competition, the author must be able to present the poster in person and attend the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, April 12.

Abstracts must be received by 5 p.m. ET, Tuesday February 23, 2016.

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Note - Please do not contact federal / provincial / territorial (FPT) drug plans directly. If you want a drug plan representative on your panel, list the name of the specific individual or write "FPT Drug Plan Representative" and indicate "Proposed". CADTH will liaise with the drug plans to confirm drug plan participation.

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